My mother-in law recently gave me her late husband's watches and Steinhausen winder (winds 4 watches). This is hardly a great winfall, though, and I now possess a fake Rolex, a fake Panerai, a fake Montres Allison (impressive, but fake nonetheless), a real Vostok (gaudy) and several reproduction navy canteen watches. All in all, nothing I would ever wear. There again, I can't get rid of them either, lest I invite lifelong reproach.
The winder is real, though, and I understand these don't come cheap. Unfortunately, it seems to be on the fritz.
Do I really need a winder? My vintages amount to a Gruen, a '60s Seamaster and an unrestored Buren (plus a manual wind Cyma). None have complications above a date window. The gent who services my watches tells me they're more of an indulgence than anything, and unless I have a bunch of chronos or more watches than I know what to do with, the winder isn't really necessary.
In other words, is it worth getting the thing repaired, or just to use it as fancy storage?